Pablo Heras-Casado will open the Bayreuth Festival 2023

Pablo Heras-Casado will open the Bayreuth Festival and premiere a new production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal on 2023. Pablo Heras-Casado will be the first Spanish conductor to stand on the podium of the Bayreuth Theater – except for the two performances of Die Walküre conducted by Plácido Domingo in 2018 – joining his name to an impressive roster of conductors, from Hermann Levi, Karl Muck, Arturo Toscanini, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Franz von Hoesslin, Clemens Krauss, Hans Knappertsbusch, Eugen Jochum, Horst Stein, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Christoph Eschenbach, to Christian Thielemann, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, Hartmut Haenchen and Semyon Bychkov, most recently. With 27 years of prolific artistic career and an extensive repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to the 21st century (including some thirty world premieres by modern composers), Pablo Heras-Casado conducted his first Wagnerian title, The Flying Dutchman, in 2016 at the Teatro Real. Afterward, he performed the Wagnerian tetralogy, Das Rheingold (2018), Die Walküre (2020), Siegfried (2021), and Götterdämmerung (2022).